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  • Why we live here, reason number 1 The Homer Spit and the Kenai Mountains glow in the later afternoon sun as seen from the Baycrest Hill turnout on Monday, April 2, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The spectacular view off the Sterling Highway seen as people round the corner heading south has led to more than a few people settling in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Earlier this week the Betster drove by a big Bypass parking lot and saw sweepers in action. “Ruh-roh,” yours truly remembers thinking, “It’s going to snow.”

Sure enough, as the B. writes this, light wisps of quasi-frozen precipitation fall gently from the sky. The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement warning of snow returning to Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday, with predictions of 20 inches in Portage Valley.

“Confidence in accumulating snowfall over the Western Kenai Peninsula and Anchorage Bowl is however much less from this event due to the recent very dry weather pattern,” the statement says.

In other words, we could luck out — but you know weather predictions. That could be spot on or our town could wake up on Thursday to the Revenge of the Return of Winter Strikes Back II. Those poor suckers who invested hours of lot sweeping might see their labors for naught. That’s always a risk in April. Do you take off your snow tires now when the roads seem to have dried up, or do you wait until the last possible minute? No, that doesn’t mean when the nice police officer pulls you over and gives you a fix-it ticket, either.

So far it has been an easy spring. Most streets quickly went from yucky, slushy mess to dust city. We’ve been spared the odor of rotting vegetation like we got a few years ago. The Easter Bunny might even have found a few blades of green grass to hide eggs on Sunday.

That’s only if you live in the flatlands. For our Ridge Rat brothers and sisters on Diamond Ridge, Skyline Drive, Ohlson Mountain and out East End Road, you probably still have winter. The Betster hears some people have glaciers for driveways. All things will pass, and soon we will see greenery everywhere, birch trees budding and sandhill cranes slopping on mud in Beluga Slough.

Be patient, grasshopper, and meanwhile, enjoy life, maybe with these Best Bets:

BEST THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT BET: If you want to see some awesome youth art from emerging creations as well to more accomplished works, check out the Paul Banks Art Extravaganza and the Homer Flex School First Friday shows. Paul Banks Elementary School’s show includes music by the Homer Youth String Orchestra and Preludes, as well as tasty treats and hands-on art. The Flex hoenixes show work done in a photography class taught by Taz Tally during an Artist in the Schools residency.

BEST STATE OF THE FOURTH ESTATE BET: We’re hanging in here at the Homer News, but how is the rest of the Alaska press doing? Former Anchorage Daily News editorial director and columnist Michael Carey shares his thoughts with “The State of the Press in Alaska,” a Q &A presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Public Library.

BEST YOU ROCK BET: Last Friday, some citizens and the Homer Volunteer Fire Department kept an unattended campfire on Bishop’s Beach from roaring up the bluff and torching Old Town. Want to show your appreciation? Well, first, put out those fires and be careful during the dry season.

Support the firefighters further with Homer Volunteer Fire Department Appreciation from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Grace Ridge Brewery. The Betster thinks that means buying them a beer.

BEST KEEP LEARNING BET: Every time you read a book or visit the library you’re being a lifelong learner, but some of us take the art to a higher level. Celebrate Lifelong Learner Lee “The Boneman” Post and student Lifelong Learn Ben Kettle for the Celebration of Lifelong Learning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Public Library. Michael Carey sticks around to do the keynote presentation.

BEST TOTES AWESOME BET: How cool is it that the curator of the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, London, alpine bulb collection visits Homer for a talk? Well, amazing cool, that’s what. Hear Kit Strange speak on “How to Be a Better Propagator” for the Homer Garden Club at 3 p.m. Sunday at Homer United Methodist Church.

BEST THE FAMILY THAT PAINTS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER BET: Want to increase domestic harmony? Want to replenish those bonds among friends that makes this such a cool town to live in? Head to the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society’s First Saturday Paint Together from 1 to 4 p.m. at Homer Art &Frame Co. Share tips, provide inspiration and most of all create something wonderful with family and friends.

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